Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1599–1617, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1599-2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1599–1617, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1599-2019

Research article 12 Mar 2019

Research article | 12 Mar 2019

Airborne validation of radiative transfer modelling of ice clouds at millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelengths

Stuart Fox et al.

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Airborne observations of ice clouds are used to validate radiative transfer simulations using a state-of-the-art database of cloud ice optical properties. Simulations at these wavelengths are required to make use of future satellite instruments such as the Ice Cloud Imager. We show that they can generally reproduce observed cloud signals, but for a given total ice mass there is considerable sensitivity to the cloud microphysics, including the particle shape and distribution of ice mass.